Like most similar products, Noctua sticks with a very basic syringe method of delivery. This has shown itself to be the best way to apply your compound to the heat-producing component it will be used on. It isn't fancy, but it gets the goop exactly where you need it and it is a simple matter to control the amount of TIM you will apply. But enough of that, what does this new stuff have to offer?
As far as features, this product touts itself as being designed for the professional (according to the Noctua website). It is a high-performance material that does not require an extended burn-in time and is designed for long term usage. This means you won't have to replace your TIM every few months since it doesn't break down significantly. One of the most important factors to consider is the fact that this compound is not electrically conductive. This is good news for the newcomer to enthusiast builds since if you over-apply the goop and some seeps downward onto the mainboard, you won't have to worry about frying that new $250 piece of equipment.
Another feature that you don't see mentioned very often is that this compound is suitable for compressor build. That means phase change cooler, folks. With OCZ getting ready to release a more affordable phase change cooling solution, and others joining when it becomes a success, it is good to know that your compound is up to the task of cooling under extreme conditions.
Once we spread a little bit of the material onto out component, we see that while it has a similar appearance to some of the other goops, it actually has a thicker consistency. It does not have a watered down look and is easier to apply since it doesn't slide around nearly as much as many of the other compounds I have tested recently. This isn't a key feature, but anything that makes your new build easier is a good thing in my book.
Now the burning question... how does it work?
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